Pokémon Go transforming historic Boston

Six hundreds years old and now a PokeStop ... The Guildhall.
Six hundreds years old and now a PokeStop ... The Guildhall.

The old has been combining with the new in Boston thanks to hit mobile phone game Pokémon Go.

The game, which launched in the UK last week, challenges players to track down and capture virtual Pokémon in their communities and beyond.

The Pokémon franchise dates from the late 1990s and features an assortment of creatures known as Pokémon, each with their own special powers.

The original model sees the player take on the role of a Pokémon trainer who sets out on an adventure to capture Pokémon by battling their own against others.

Now, this format has been given a fresh spin thanks to a mobile phone app.

The Pokémon Go app uses Google maps to alert players to Pokémon in their area, which can then be captured with a flick of a virtual Poké Ball.

It also steers them towards PokéStops where gamers can acquire items to aid their search.

In Boston, this has seen some of the town’s more historic sites take on new significance.

Among the sites designated as PokéStops are The Guildhall, the Sessions House, and part of the Boston Stump.

Others include The Five Lamps in the Market Place, St Botolph’s Footbridge, the War Memorial, the former Post Office building in Wide Bargate, and even a sign providing historic information in West Street.

l Have you been playing Pokémon GO in and around Boston? Where has your search taken you? What is the rarest Pokémon you have found? What are your top tips for other gamers? Share your stories with us below or at david.seymour@jpress.co.uk